Knitting a sweater was one of my big goals at the beginning of the year. My knitting skills feel so limited, and I just thought being able to knit a sweater would be so neat. I didn't know where to start though and looked through some patterns on Pinterest but ended up getting overwhelmed so I just kinda moved on from the idea and got caught up with life.
A couple months later, imagine my surprise when We Are Knitters contacted me, asking if I would be interested in using on of their knitting or crochet kits in exchange for photos on instagram and a blog post.
After I scooped my jaw up off the floor from absolute shock and delight that We Are Knitters would want to work with me again (I made an Udon blanket a couple years ago), I quickly went pursuing through all their stunning kits. It took me forever to pick one, but I couldn't get over this chunky wool yarn and how absolutely cozy this Cotton Candy Sweater looked.
We Are Knitters is so awesome and genius. You order a kit and they send you a beautiful pattern, all the yarn you need for the project, the exact knitting needles required, and a darning needle to sew your piece together and/or weave in loose ends. Absolutely everything you need. Perfect for beginners.
I loved working on this sweater so much. This reverse sand stitch is so incredibly easy and so pretty, and when you're using yarn this thick, your piece works up so quickly and it's so nice. I feel like it took me no time to knit this beauty together.
I feel like I should mention that I struggled with getting my gauge to match what the pattern recommends. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get my tension loose enough. If I ever knit this sweater again, I think I'll try using larger needles, but these were what came with the kit so I used them.
I ended up making the size large for the pattern and it fit me perfectly. I typically am a size small. So a size large ended up fitting me like a small.
Also, while I was knitting the sleeves, when the pattern ended and told me to cast off the sleeves, it just didn't look long enough. I like sleeves to go past my wrists, and I had plenty of extra yarn so I went ahead and added five extra rows to each sleeve before I cast off.
Other than that, this pattern was an absolute breeze and so fun to work on.
This post was written in collaboration with We Are Knitters, but all thoughts and opinions are my own :)